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October 23, 2021

Falcons wallop ’Catz in league opener | HS football roundup

Aptos bounces back against Seaside, St. Francis rolls Stevenson

SCOTTS VALLEY—Watsonville High senior fullback Mathew Flores finished with 50 yards rushing and a touchdown in a 49-12 loss against Scotts Valley High the teams’ Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress Division opener on Sept. 24. 

Watsonville senior quarterback Colin Parker found receiver Anthony Campos for a 40-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcatz to stop their losing skid. Watsonville (2-3, 0-1) has lost three straight after starting the season with a 2-0 record.

Scotts Valley senior running back Isaiah Velez finished with 140 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Velez scored his third touchdown midway in the first quarter to put the Falcons ahead 21-0.

In the second quarter, Velez took a direct snap and pitched to Brock Siechen who took it for a 40-yard score.

Velez, who also plays defensive back, recorded a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown that matched the school record.

Caden Stratton contributed a 62-yard touchdown in the final two minutes of the half for Scotts Valley, which built a 42-0 lead going into halftime.

The Wildcatz will host San Lorenzo Valley (2-1, 0-1) on Friday at 7:30pm.

Aptos 38, Seaside 12: Seamus Carey scored a pair of touchdown runs for the Mariners in their win against the Spartans in PCAL-Gabilan division play on Sept. 24. 

The senior running back finished with a team-high 73 yards rushing on eight carries for Aptos (4-1, 2-1), which gained 223 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Nick Forbes scored a 46-yard keeper on the opening drive. He also finished with 157 passing yards and a touchdown, a 26-yard strike to Vito Riccabona.

Caden Prichard scored on an 11-yard run for the Mariners. 

Seaside, which played three of its first four games on the road, was coming off a bye week but still had a difficult time unleashing its offense. They’ve been outscored 118-36 through four games.

The third quarter also continues to be a concern as the Spartans have been outscored 50-7. Jeter Olivares scored both touchdowns for the Spartans.

Blake Byers and Joshua Towley both recorded an interception for the Mariners, who play at Everett Alvarez (2-2, 1-2) on Friday at 7:30pm.

NMC 17, SLV 14: The Condors scored 17 straight points to erase a six-point deficit in their PCAL-Cypress division opening win against the Cougars on Sept. 25.

Nico Torres, who had been limited in practice because of a sprained ankle, compiled more than 100 yards of total offense and a touchdown.

Jaden Hunter gave the Cougars a 6-0 lead on his 2-yard sneak in the first quarter. 

Martin Ramirez booted a 31-yard field goal for NMC in the third quarter that cut the deficit to 6-3.

Shortly after, Torres broke three tackles on a screen pass and sprinted 56 yards to the 1-yard line. The big gain allowed Marcos Munoz to score on a 1-yard plunge that gave the Condors a 10-6 lead.

Torres closed the scoring for the Condors, taking a sweep and darting 41 yards to give them a 17-6 cushion.

Dominic Cheichi added a 65-yard punt return late in the third quarter for SLV (2-1, 0-1), but it wasn’t enough to overcome a late surge by NMC. 

SLV plays at Watsonville (2-3, 0-1) on Friday at 7:30pm. The Condors will host Scotts Valley on the same date and time.

Greenfield 21, Pajaro Valley 18: Grizzlies senior running back Isaac Ortiz ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow loss to the Bruins in the teams’ PCAL-Santa Lucia division opener on Sept. 25.

Ortiz scored on runs of 23, eight and two yards.

Greenfield receiver Anthony Morales caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Christian Zavala. Alonso Barcenas added a 25-yard touchdown run for the Bruins, who have allowed an average of 30 points a game through their first four games.

The Bruins defense turned to linebackers Julian Untalon and Rafael Alvarez to stuff Pajaro Valley’s ground game, while Zavala recovered a fumble.

Manny Rodriguez, a senior tight end and linebacker, made 10-plus tackles on defense for the Grizzlies (0-4, 0-1), who host Stevenson on Saturday at 2pm.

St. Francis 42, Stevenson 12: Junior quarterback Kyle Dyer rushed for a touchdown and threw another for the Sharks in their PCAL-Santa Lucia division opening win against the Pirates on Sept. 25.

Nethaniel Madrigal and Johrdan Garibay both rushed for two touchdowns, while Charlie Valencia picked off two passes and Dez Litel added one more interception for St. Francis (2-3, 1-0).

After opening the season with three straight non-league losses, the Sharks have won two straight by outscoring their opponents 82-19.

Stevenson was sharp in the opening minutes as quarterback Kyle McTamaney hit Evan Johnson—the Central Coast Section 100 and 200 meter champion in track—on a pair of screen passes.

Johnson, who broke the Stevenson school records last spring in the 100 and 200 in the state meet qualifiers, turned his catches into a track meet outrunning the defense for touchdowns of 65 and 40 yards.

But the Sharks erased a 12-point deficit nearly as fast as the Pirates built it, as they ran off 42 unanswered points.

St. Francis will play its homecoming game against Greenfield in league play at Santa Cruz High on Friday at 7:30pm. 



SLV at Watsonville, 7 p.m.

Scotts Valley at NMC, 7:30 p.m.

Aptos at Everett Alvarez, 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield vs. St. Francis at Santa Cruz High, 7:30 p.m.


Stevenson at Pajaro Valley, 2 p.m.


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